PUSD Community Makes a Case for Comprehensive Sex Ed

I really thought I could avoid ever going to another Peoria (PUSD) school board meeting, but when our members pledge to show up to a meeting to combat hate and bigotry, I’m going to be there.

Additionally, we got word from some of our amazing members that some Facebook and Xitter profiles, devoted to misinformation and bigotry, were recruiting haters and bigots to show up to hate and bigot. Their “call to action” was to show up to support Board Member Rooks and former Board Member Hill for no apparent reason, except to maybe further harass the teacher who is suing the district?

These people so rarely make sense, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯…let’s just get started.

The PUSD meeting this week was important because it was the inaugural meeting for incoming superintendent, Dr. KC Somers. There was a reception beforehand, and rumor has it, the food provided by the culinary students was off the chain.

I pulled into the district office, and the first thing I noticed was a Turning Point USA (TPUSA) table with a couple of guys who probably think a lot about “tradwives” I’m guessing. I’m sure they’re not single-minded though.

They probably think a lot about cryptocurrency, what their mom is making for dinner tonight, and if they’ll ever have a chance to find the clitoris (see how I said that word and nothing bad happened? Don’t make using accurate vocabulary for genitalia weird).

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Jeanne Casteen, Secular AZ Executive Director

JEANNE CASTEEN has a bachelor’s degree in human communication and history from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU and a master’s in education, also from ASU. Jeanne has over 11 years of experience teaching in Maricopa County’s public schools. In 2011, Jeanne completed the Emerge Arizona program and in 2012 became a school board member of the Creighton School District. She served as Board President from 2016 through 2020. In 2020, Ms. Casteen ran for Maricopa County School Superintendent, and came within 12,000 votes of winning. She has been awarded the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education as well as the Arizona School Board Association’s All-Arizona School Board Member Award.

Author: Jeanne Casteen, Secular AZ Executive Director

JEANNE CASTEEN has a bachelor’s degree in human communication and history from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU and a master’s in education, also from ASU. Jeanne has over 11 years of experience teaching in Maricopa County’s public schools. In 2011, Jeanne completed the Emerge Arizona program and in 2012 became a school board member of the Creighton School District. She served as Board President from 2016 through 2020. In 2020, Ms. Casteen ran for Maricopa County School Superintendent, and came within 12,000 votes of winning. She has been awarded the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education as well as the Arizona School Board Association’s All-Arizona School Board Member Award.